August 30, 2005
Where are you?
…and for a second helping of “link-o-the-day” we have the interactive zip code finder. Just click on the image and start typing a zip code. Anyone know where a zip code for Alaska?
Ever wonder what you happen if you popped a water balloon in space? See for yourself.
August 15, 2005
KExtProcess: Part 2
Martijn Klingens has extended is post on KExtProcess. The new article covers API documentation and compares KExtProcess to the old KProcess. The simplicity of design should make it an easy port. Hope it makes it into kdelibs by KDE 4.0.
August 14, 2005
KExtProcess: Part 1
kconfigure, my KDE build management tool, uses KProcess for its handling of automake, qmake, and checkinstall functionality. It does this because fundamentally these tools are command-line driven tools without a library interface for C++ to work with. The problem with KProcess is that, while it is probably the most powerful command-line processing library available, it is still very limited. Evidently I am not the only one with this problem as Martijn Klingens has released his updated KProcess-like tool KExtProcess.
The beauty of KExtProcess is that it not only handles command-line communication processing (i.e. STDIN, STDOUT, STDERR, etc..) but that it is network transparent. It also supports the concept of “profiles” that allow you to string together commands into a single “profile” that is loaded before the process is started. This allows things like: ssh’ing from one machine, to another, to a third before running a command locally on that third machine; or remotely accessing a machine as a one user, and then su’ing to root before beginning your process as root. While KExtProcess is still in its early stages, it will, no doubt, quickly achieve its place alongside KIO and DCOP as one of the powerful *nix desktop technologies in existence.
August 11, 2005
A little government and a little luck are necessary in life, but only a fool trusts either of them.
– PJ O’Rourke
August 10, 2005
Patience and Power
“How often we wish that God would show himself stronger, that he would strike decisively, defeating evil and creating a better world. All ideologies of power justify themselves in exactly this way; they justify the destruction of whatever would stand in the way of progress and the liberation of humanity. We suffer on account of God’s patience. And yet, we need his patience.”
“The world is redeemed by the patience of God. It is destroyed by the impatience of human beings.”
–Pope Benedict XVI
August 9, 2005
To whom it may concern
Just in case I ever need to write one, here is a simple how-to on writing a letter of resignation.
August 8, 2005
Developer.com has a nice high level overview post on available gaming libraries for cross platform C++ development. If you are in the mood to create the next version of Half-Life go check it out. Libraries covered include SDML, ALLEGRO, ClanLib, and the Irrlicht Engine. Each of these libraries supports Linux, Win32, and MacOS.
Evidently having made a tie-dye tee, having considered legalization of pot, and having gone to college is enough to make me 32% hippy.
I need to step away from the tie-dye. I smell too good to be a hippie and my dad is probably a cop. Being a hippie is not a fashion craze, man. It was a way of life, in the 60’s, man.
August 7, 2005
Start-ups, technology, and youth
I have quoted or linked to Paul Graham a few times previously in this blog. But his recent speech at OSCON struck a code with me recently. Checking out his web site I found this little gem on start-ups and the place they hold in the future of technology innovation. If you get the chance read some of this other posts. Paul consistently presents a clarity with technology that is all to uncommon in writers today. As an example let me give you a couple of his quotes from OSCON:
“The bigger problem is that the people pretending to work interrupt the people who are actually working. With so much time on their hands, they have to take up the slack with meetings. Meetings count for work, just like programming, but they’re so much easier.”
“Open source (and blogging) has a Darwinian approach to enforcing quality. The audience can communicate with each other and the bad stuff gets ignored.”
“Business can learn about open source in the same way that the gene pool learns about new conditions: the dumb ones will die.
“The reasons companies have fixed hours is that they can’t measure productivity. The idea is that if you can’t make people work, you can at least prevent them from having fun. If they’re not having fun, they must be working! If you could measure what people really did, you wouldn’t care when people worked.”
And my all-time favorite:
August 6, 2005
There are an amazing number of mis-conceptions about the Constitution and what it says. This post by U.S. Constitution.net has a pretty good rundown of some of the most famous. Some of the mis-quotes I hear most often are “separation of church and state”, “right to privacy”, and “Judicial Review.” One that is not in the list is right for the press to protect their sources identity in court.
However, it is important to remember that the constitution DOES say (in the 10th Amendment) that
Thus we have rights regardless of their explicit existance in the constiution.